Kenyon College

The Art of Trees Visiting Scholar Talk with Karl Kusserow

December 12, 2019 5:30pm – 6:30pm

The Art of Trees: A new social imaginary in the face of environmental crisis 

This program explores the vital and redemptive role of trees in affirming shared human experiences and restoring our kinship with nature. Critically analyzing how we appreciate, live with, use, destroy, and represent trees in life, art, science, and the humanities, this speaker series will interrogate our changing relationship with the natural world in the midst of environmental crisis. 

Visiting Scholar: Karl Kusserow, John Wilmerding Curator of American Art, Princeton University Art Museum

Karl Kusserow explains his ecocritical approach to art history in organizing Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment (2018), a traveling exhibition and accompanying publication reexamining 18th-21st-century American art in relation to issues of ecology and environmental history.

Thursday, December 12, 5:30-6:30 PM

A public reception will be held in the Fischman Lobby from 4:30-5:30 PM. Light refreshments will be served.

About Karl Kusserow:

Karl Kusserow joined the Museum in 2006 and was appointed its inaugural John Wilmerding Curator of American Art in 2013. His exhibitions and associated publications include Inner Sanctum: Memory and Meaning in Princeton’s Faculty Room at Nassau Hall (2010) and Picturing Power: Portraiture and its Uses in the New York Chamber of Commerce (2013), as well as an edited volume of essays on early American art at Princeton. He recently co-organized with Alan C. Braddock Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment (2018), a traveling exhibition reexamining 18th-21st-century American art in relation to issues of ecology and environmental history, and is currently preparing a related volume, Picture Ecology: Art and Ecocriticism in Planetary Perspective, for publication, in addition to a catalogue of Princeton’s American paintings and sculpture.

Full Art of Trees Schedule

All Art of Trees events are free and open to the public.

Gund Gallery exhibitions and public programs are supported, in part, by the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council.